planning to put 210 new state troopers on the road by the end
of 2003, the Department of Public Safety announced Sept. 18. Forty-five
of the trooper recruits are now in training and will be on the
road in December.
the state to pay for training and salaries of 135 of the troopers
will come from fee increases to reinstate suspended or revoked
driver's licenses. Fee increases approved by the Legislature last
year are expected to generate about $8.5 million per year. Salaries
for 75 of the new troopers will be paid for through a federal
to a report, the additional troopers will be assigned to highway
trouble spots, particularly to the 23-mile stretch of I-20 from
Leeds through St. Clair County.
good news for the people who want to be kept safe on the road
and bad news for the drunk drivers and speeding 18-wheelers,"
Gov. Don Siegelman reportedly said. "These troopers will
be targeting drunk, reckless and speeding drivers and those who
behave erratically on our interstates, whether they be 18-wheelers